Do you know how severe your dry eye condition is, and if you are getting the proper treatment?
Most eye doctor diagnose dry eyes by using clinical exam, patient’s binary response of yes or no to self-reported symptoms of dryness or burning. Failure to fully explore the extent of symptoms can result in a delayed diagnosis or even subpar therapeutic management.
Ths Ocular Surface Disease Index1 (OSDI, Allergan) is a questionnaire that has been validated in clinical trials as an accurate and effective adjunct to differentiate normal and transient ocular discomfort from pathologic dry eye. It consists of 12 questions that query the frequency of symptoms, task-related limitations due to ocular discomfort, and environmental stimuli. For each item, the range of patient responses spans from “none of the time” to “all of the time,” corresponding to a numerical 0-to-4 scale. The values are then summed, and the calculated OSDI score2 ranges from 0 to 100 with cut-off values for mild (13-22), moderate (23-32), and severe (33-100) dry eye.3
The OSDI questionaire can be utilized as a screening tool to identify patients who would benefit from a self-referral for a full dry-eye work-up to be performed at a later date. All existing people with dry eyes should also complete the OSDI at each follow-up to monitor for progression and track for response to therapy.
Print out a copy for yourself and track your own symptoms while you take TheraLife Eye for improvement. Bring a copy to your next visit to your eye doctors.
Theralife Can Help (Read more at Theralife Blog)
1. Tell us your symptoms and dry eye history, what you have been doing so far for dry eye relief- we will give you:
- Realistic expectations on how long it will take you to recover.
- What other regimen you should be using in addition to taking TheraLife Eye. e.g. Hot Compresses, eye lid cleaning, antibiotics, steroid eye drops etc.